Magic vs. Heat: Orlando hosts defending champs

LeBron James - Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Miami visits the Magic for the first time since winning the championship.

The Orlando Magic host the Miami Heat in their final game of 2012. Tipoff is set for 5 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida in the Orlando market. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 3 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic fell by 35 points at home to the Toronto Raptors, a surefire lottery team, by giving up 15 three-pointers in 27 attempts. The defense was abysmal everywhere, not just at the three-point line, as the Raptors shot 56.4 percent inside the arc. Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu returned from a 28-game absence, but Jameer Nelson and E'Twaun Moore both sat with injury, leaving Orlando with only Ish Smith at point guard.

Toronto's last time out: Miami dropped its second straight road game on Saturday, falling by a 104-85 margin to the Milwaukee Bucks. Five Bucks scored at least 14 points, and Milwaukee finished with only five turnovers.

The last meeting: This meeting is the first between the teams of the new season. Miami and Orlando split the four games in the lockout-shortened 2011/12 campaign.

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